For most California homeowners the cost of repairing or replacing a roof isn’t something they can easily afford. Therefore it’s to your advantage to protect your investment by periodically performing roof maintenance. You can typically spot most roof problems and address them before they impact your home and your budget.
A1 All American Roofing, a top roofing contractor in Los Angeles wants you to keep your property in great condition all year round. We have prepared a list of tips for Southern California homeowners to maintain their roofs and protect their home.
As you might guess, maintaining your roof requires regular inspections. Seasonal or annual checkups will significantly prolong the life of your roofing materials, as well as prevent leaks that can damage not just your roof, but the other parts of your home.
Roof Maintenance Tips For Southern California Homes
Use a Drone to Inspect Your Roof
Using a drone can give you a birds eye view of the quality of your roof. You can use it to inspect all areas of your roof including the spots that are difficult to access. If you don’t, its pretty easy to find someone who does. Drones take high def photos and video. This is also a lot safer than climbing up there yourself.
Damaged Shingles Require Immediate Replacement
Damaged or missing shingles should be replaced as soon as possible. Giving your shingles a good cleaning is also important when it comes to preventing moss, algae, lichen, or fungal growths that can compromise the quality of your roof.
Replace Worn or Cracking Sealant
Examine every part of the roof where there is sealant. If you find signs of wear or cracking, remove the old sealant from the affected areas completely and reseal them with a new sealant.
Check For Signs of Rust
If you have metal components of your roof, they need to be examined regularly for rust and corrosion. If you do find rust spots, you should use a wire-brush to remove the rust, and then prime and paint the problematic areas.
Clogged Gutters Can Damage Your Roof
If water is allowed to accumulate inside the gutters, it can easily seep into your roofing structure and severely damage your roof. Regularly maintaining and cleaning your gutters, is good for your roof and your home in general.
Look For Overhanging Branches
Tree branches hanging over your roof can cause problems if there is a storm or high winds. You should inspect all branches that are hanging directly over your roof. Not only is there a risk that the branches could break off and fall on your roof, the leaves falling from them and collecting on your roof may cause your roofing materials to corrode.
A newly installed roof can give you some piece of mind and help raise the value of your home. The roof may be the last thing people see but it is perhaps the most important. Make sure you hire only the best roofing contractor available for your project.
If you have any questions or would like a roofing estimate for your home, please send us a note or call (310) 320-0224. Thank You!